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German royal family who ruled Brandenburg from 1415 and later extended their control to Prussia (1525). Under Frederick I (ruled 1701-1713) the family's possessions were unified as the kingdom of Prussia. From 1871 to 1918 Hohenzollern monarchs ruled the German Empire.
Hohenzollern(ˈhəʊənˌzɒlən; German hoːənˈtsɔlərn)
(Biography) a German noble family, the younger (Franconian) branch of which provided rulers of Brandenburg (1417–1701) and Prussia (1701–1918). The last kings of Prussia (1871–1918) were also emperors of Germany
Ho•hen•zol•lern(ˈhoʊ ənˌzɒl ərn)
a member of the German royal family that ruled in Brandenburg, Prussia, and Germany 1415–1918.
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|Noun||1.||Hohenzollern - a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and Prussia|
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
Frederick I - son of Frederick William who in 1701 became the first king of Prussia (1657-1713)
Frederick William, Great Elector - the Elector of Brandenburg who rebuilt his domain after its destruction during the Thirty Years' War (1620-1688)
Frederick William I - son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)
Frederick William II - king of Prussia who became involved in a costly war with France (1744-1797)
Frederick William III - king of Prussia who became involved in the Napoleonic Wars (1770-1840)
Frederick William IV - king of Prussia who violently suppressed democratic movements (1795-1865)